Michael Daley

Author's Bio

Michael Daley was born in Boston, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has an MFA from U. W. In 1976 he was the founding editor of Empty Bowl press in Port Townsend. In 1983 Gary Snyder called his first collection of poetry, The Straits, “Superb, elegant poetically and fresh with the Northwest world.” His chapbooks include: Horace: Eleven Odes, translations published by Sam & Sally Green at Brooding Heron Press, and Rosehip Plum Cherry published by Paul Hunter of Woodworks in Seattle. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Alaskan Quarterly Review, Raven Chronicles, Seattle Review, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He has received several grants and awards, but his favorite was a Fulbright teacher exchange that allowed him and his family to spend a year living in Hungary. In 2007 he published Way Out There: Lyrical Essays with Pleasure Boat Studio of New York. In 2008 To Curve came out from Word Press in Cincinnati, and in February Pleasure Boat released Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest, including “Frankie the Milkman’s Song & Other Poems,” a CD funded by a grant from Artist Trust with music arranged and performed by Brad Killion.

Publications and Prizes

Alter Mundus
(Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013)
, In Our Hearts & Minds: a Dalmo'ma Anthology of Northwest Writing about Central America
(Empty Bowl Press, 1985)
, Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest
(Pleasure Boat Studio, 2010)
, Of a Feather
(Pleasure Boat Studio, 2016)
, The Straits
(Pleasure Boat Studio, 1983)
, To Curve
(Word Press, 2008)
, Way Out There: Lyrical Essays
(Pleasure Boat Studio, 2007)
Switched on Gutenberg
Original Sin
(Pleasure Boat Studio, 2000)
, Rosehip Plum Cherry
(Wood Works Press, 2002)
Prizes Won: 
Seattle Arts Commission Bumpershoot Fessendon Foundation National Endowment of Humanities Fulbright Artist Trust

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Joyce by Richard Ellman
Ulysses by James Joyce
Narrow Roads to Far Places by Basho
Zorro by Isabel Allende

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
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Last updated: May 30, 2017